PROJECT HANDBOOK ERASMUS+: KA1 HIGHER EDUCATION ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREES

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1 Erasmus+: KA1 Higher Education Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees Call for proposals EAC/A04/2015 Erasmus+ Programme Guide Version 2 (2016): Project Handbook 2016 Grant Agreement issued in 2016 Version 1: November 2016 ERASMUS+: KA1 HIGHER EDUCATION ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREES PROJECT HANDBOOK

2 Contents INTRODUCTION... 4 DEFINITIONS... 5 MANAGEMENT OF YOUR PROJECT... 9 A. MULTI-BENEFICIARY GRANT AGREEMENT...10 B. AMENDMENTS TO THE GRANT AGREEMENT...11 B.1 AMENDMENTS VIA AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS B.1.1 CHANGE IN THE CONSORTIUM COMPOSITION B.1.2 CHANGE OF THE COORDINATOR B.1.3 CHANGE OF THE TIMEFRAME OF AN INTAKE / EXTENSION OF THE PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY B.1.4 CHANGES IN THE CONTENT AND/OR STRUCTURE OF THE EMJMD COURSE B.1.5 CHANGE OF THE LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COORDINATOR B.1.6 CHANGE OF BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION B.1.7 EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF REPORTS EXCEEDING 30 DAYS B.2 AMENDMENTS VIA THE PARTICIPANT PORTAL B.2.1 CHANGE IN THE LEGAL STATUS/TYPE OF A BENEFICIARY B.2.2 CHANGE OF LEGAL NAME OF A BENEFICIARY B.2.3 CHANGE OF LEGAL ADDRESS B.2.4 CHANGE OF LANGUAGE/WEBSITE B.3 AMENDMENTS BY B.3.1 CHANGE OF THE ADDRESS OF A BENEFICIARY (NOT OF THE COORDINATOR) B.3.2 CHANGE OF THE LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE OF A BENEFICIARY (NOT OF THE COORDINATOR) B.3.3 CHANGE OF THE CONTACT PERSON (I.E. RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE EMJMD)15 B.4 MODIFICATIONS REQUIRING A NOTIFICATION TO THE AGENCY B.4.1 CHANGE IN THE SCHOLARSHIP ALLOCATION VIA THE EMT B.4.2 CHANGE OF AN ASSOCIATED PARTNER WITHIN THE CONSORTIUM B.4.3 CHANGE OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF REPORTS (UP TO 30 DAYS) B.4.4 CHANGE OF CONTACT DATA OF THE LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE / CONTACT PERSON B.4.5 CHANGE OF THE TIMEFRAME OF THE FIRST AND SECOND INTAKES B.5 OTHER CHANGES FORCE MAJEURE B.6 SUMMARY TABLE OF AMENDMENTS/MODIFICATIONS TO THE GRANT AGREEMENT C. COMPOSITION OF THE EU GRANT...20 C.1 EMJMD MANAGEMENT (LUMP SUM CONTRIBUTION) C.2 EMJMD STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS C.2.1 CONTRIBUTION TO THE PARTICIPATION COSTS C.2.2 CONTRIBUTION TO THE TRAVEL AND INSTALLATION COSTS C.2.3 CONTRIBUTION TO SUBSISTENCE COSTS D. PREPARATORY YEAR ACTIVITIES...24 D.1 CONSORTIUM AGREEMENT D.2 JOINT PROMOTION AND AWARENESS-RAISING ACTIVITIES P a g e

3 D.3 STUDENT APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE D.4 STUDENT AGREEMENT E. MANAGEMENT OF THE EMJMD SCHOLARSHIPS...26 E.1 GENERAL PRINCIPLES E.2 PAYMENT MODALITIES E.2.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS E.2.2 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS E.3 MANAGEMENT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS IN CASE OF NO-SHOW OR DROP-OUT / EXCLUSION FROM THE EMJMD E.4 MANAGEMENT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS IN CASE OF COURSE INTERRUPTION E.5 PAYMENT OF THE GRANT E.6 BANK ACCOUNT E.7 ACCOUNTING SYSTEM / INTERNAL CONTROL F. PUBLICITY OBLIGATIONS AND DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION OF RESULTS...32 F.1 PUBLICITY F.2 DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION OF RESULTS G. REPORTS AND FURTHER PRE-FINANCING REQUESTS...33 G.1 INTRODUCTION G.2 FORMAL REQUIREMENTS FOR REPORTS G.3 REQUEST FOR FURTHER PRE-FINANCING G.4 FINAL REPORT G.5 DETERMINATION OF THE FINAL EU GRANT AND POSSIBLE REIMBURSEMENT OF PART OF THE GRANT G.6 APPEALS G.7 ADDITIONAL PROGRESS REPORTS H. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS & CHECKS AND AUDITS...38 H.1 GENERAL REMARKS H.2 DOCUMENTS REQUIRED H.3 FINDINGS AND OUTCOMES I. EMJMD MONITORING...40 I.1 DESK MONITORING I.2 ONSITE OR ONLINE MONITORING VISIT TO THE EMJMD CONSORTIUM I.3 ONSITE OR ONLINE MEETINGS AT THE AGENCY/EUROPEAN COMMISSION P a g e

4 INTRODUCTION The purpose of this handbook is to guide Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) beneficiaries in the administrative and financial implementation of their grant agreement and set the cooperation framework with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA hereinafter the "Agency"). The handbook outlines key rules and procedures to be followed for a smooth and efficient grant management. The handbook intends to serve both as "vade-mecum" for beneficiaries and as a management tool. Its principal aims are to: help beneficiaries and coordinators to manage their project and run it efficiently; clarify matters arising from the grant agreement and its annexes; provide practical information to which beneficiaries may refer to at the different stages of the Master course implementation and the scholarship scheme; provide guidance on the methods of project monitoring and on the dissemination and exploitation of a project's results/products; provide guidance on how to handle the financial requirements of Master courses in such a way that financial statements can be readily drawn up; promote the sound financial management of a project and ensure that the best results/products are delivered at reasonable cost; encourage smooth relations between the parties involved by setting out an operational framework for the project. The handbook should be used in conjunction with the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, the grant agreement and its annexes, the terms of which take precedence over those set out in the handbook. For further information or clarifications on the content of this document, please contact us via the functional mailbox for this action: 4 P a g e

5 DEFINITIONS (the) Agency: Refers to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, to which the European Commission delegated powers for the implementation, on its behalf and under its responsibility, of part of Union programmes. Amendment: An amendment is an act modifying the grant conditions initially agreed or established in clauses of the grant agreement. Applicant: Participating HEI that submits a grant application. An EMJMD applicant applies also on behalf of other organisations involved in the consortium, and is defined as coordinator. Associated partner: Contributes to the implementation of specific tasks/activities and/or supports the dissemination and sustainability of the EMJMD but is not a beneficiary. Such contribution may, e.g. take the form of knowledge and skills transfer, the provision of complementary courses or backing possibilities for secondment or placement. As they may have a more limited role in the implementation of the EMJMD and their expertise might be needed on an ad-hoc basis only, associated partners are not subject to contractual requirements and do not receive funding directly under the grant. However, costs incurred by associated partners may be reimbursed by the EMJMD consortium from the EU "contribution to the consortium's management costs" (lump sum). Beneficiary: Once a project proposal is granted, the applicant and the partners become beneficiaries. A legal link is established only with the signatory of the grant agreement (beneficiary), the one who receives the grant and who reports directly to the Agency. The beneficiaries are duly represented by the coordinator who is responsible for the coordination and day-to-day management of the EMJMD as stipulated in the general conditions of the grant agreement. The beneficiaries collectively are solely and totally responsible for implementing the action defined in the grant agreement. Consortium: At least three participating HEIs from different Programme Countries teaming up to prepare, implement and follow up an EMJMD course. The consortium can be extended to more organisations from Programme / Partner Countries. Contact person: The person responsible for the management of the project vis-à-vis the Agency and the contact for any communication from the Agency to the beneficiaries. Coordinator: Through the Mandates the beneficiary organisations (hereinafter referred to collectively as "the beneficiaries" and individually as "beneficiary") have conferred power of attorney to the applicant to sign on their behalf the EMJMD multi-beneficiary grant agreement with the Agency. The applicant thus becomes the coordinator of the EMJMD, who is the contact point between the other beneficiaries and the Agency, and the recipient of the Erasmus+ grant funding instalments. Double degree/multiple degree: A study programme offered by at least two (double) or more (multiple) higher education institutions (integrated curriculum) whereby the student receives a separate degree certificate from each of the participating institutions attesting the successful completion of the joint study programme. EACEA mobility tool (EMT): An IT tool for registering the data of all students and scholars/guest lecturers taking part in an EMJMD student intake, allowing the monitoring of implementation of the action in terms of mobility tracks, financial aspects and academic outputs. In this context and in the framework of the regular reporting obligations to the Agency, the data encoded in the tool will also be used for assessing the consortium's performance as regards the amount and accuracy of the EMJMD scholarship utilisation. Access to the tool and the "EMT User Manual" are available via the following Agency link: 5 P a g e

6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System): A learner-centred system for credit accumulation and transfer based on the transparency of learning, teaching and assessment processes. Its objective is to facilitate planning, delivery and evaluation of study programmes and learner mobility through the recognition of qualifications and periods of learning. A system that helps to design, describe and deliver study programmes and award higher education qualifications. The use of ECTS credits, in conjunction with outcomes-based qualifications frameworks, makes study programmes and qualifications more transparent and facilitates the recognition of qualifications. EMJMD Consortium Agreement: In accordance with Article II.1 of the grant agreement, an internal co-operation agreement (obligatory to all EMJMDs) signed by the legally authorised body of each beneficiary (and, if applicable, associated partners) clearly laying down the academic, administrative and financial rules and procedures in adherence with the rules and requirements as set out in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide and the multibeneficiary grant agreement. Practical guidelines on aspects recommended to be covered can be found on the following Agency website: EMJMD mobility: The EMJMD study period must take place in at least two of the Programme Countries represented in the consortium (i.e. at least two mobility periods for all students). The minimum ECTS credits to be acquired during a single mobility period depend on the length of the Master course. EMJMD student scholarships: These scholarships comprise the students' participation costs (including the tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the students' participation in the course), a contribution to student travel costs and installation costs (the latter relevant only for scholarship holders resident in a Partner Country), as well as a subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme. Details on the EMJMD student scholarship amounts are given in the tables in section C.2. Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE): An accreditation granted by the European Commission giving the possibility to HEIs from Programme Countries to be eligible to apply and participate in learning and cooperation activities under Erasmus+. The ECHE outlines the fundamental principles an institution should adhere to in organising and implementing high quality mobility and cooperation and states the requisites it agrees to comply with in order to ensure high quality services and procedures, as well as the provision of reliable and transparent information. Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA): EMA is the association of all EMJMD students offering an international professional and personal network not only during the study period, but also after graduation. It serves as channel of communication for students, alumni, universities and the European Commission. The EMA website is the following: Erasmus+ Partner Country: Country which does not participate fully in the Erasmus+ Programme. For the EMJMD action any non- Erasmus+ Programme Country is considered as 'Partner Country'. Organisations established in a Partner Country may take part as partners or associated partners in an EMJMD project. Erasmus+ Programme Country: EU and a number of non-eu countries that have established a National Agency and which participate fully in the Erasmus+ Programme. The list of Erasmus+ Programme Countries can be found in Part A of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide: "Who can participate in the Erasmus+ Programme" section. Erasmus+ Programme Guide: The Erasmus+ Programme Guide applies to the entire duration of the project and gives guidelines for its implementation. It provides information about the objectives, priorities and main features of the Programme, its implementation structures and the overall budget available. It provides guidelines and explanations to understand the objectives, the types of activities that can (or cannot) be supported, as well as the conditions under which the awarded grant can be used, e.g. the implementation provisions of EMJMD activities, the conditions for receiving scholarships, etc. The guide and all its revisions (apart from exceptional and duly justified cases and accepted by the Agency) is a contractually binding document for all actions included in the general call for proposals, and where all the actions specificities are outlined. The Erasmus+ Programme Guide 2016 applicable to the Erasmus+ call for proposals EAC/A04/2015- Version 2 (2016): , to which the present Project Handbook 2016 refers, can be found on the following Agency website: 6 P a g e

7 Erasmus+ Programme Regulation: Regulation (EU) N 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport (OJ L347, of , p. 50). EU Financial Regulation: The Financial Regulation (FR) is the main point of reference for the principles and procedures governing the establishment and implementation of the European Union budget and the control of the EU finances. The FR is accompanied by the Rules of Application (RAP) which contain more detailed and technical rules that are essential for the day to day implementation of the FR. The references to these two Regulations are the following: Regulation (EU, Euratom) N 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union (OJ L298 of ), as amended by Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) N 547/2014 (OJ L163 of ) and Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) N 2015/1929 (OJ L286 of ). Commission delegated Regulation (EU) N 1268/2012 of on the rules of application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) N 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union (OJ L362 of ), as amended by Commission delegated Regulation (EU) N 2015/2462 (OJ L342 of ). Final Report: The beneficiary must submit (a) a technical report and (b) a financial statement covering the entire period of the action. Additional supporting documents and/or documents to be submitted for audit purposes may be requested in the Article I.4 of the grant agreement. "Heading 1" scholarships: Scholarships financed by the Erasmus+ EMJMD main budget line, forming the core part of available funds/scholarships. "Heading 4" and "European Development Fund (EDF)" scholarships: Additional scholarships earmarked for nationals from specific countries or group of countries ("geographical windows") and financed by the following specific EU external action funding instruments: Development Cooperation Instruments (DCI):Asia, Central Asia, Middle East, Latin America, South Africa European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI): ENI East, ENI South Partnership instrument (PI): Gulf countries European Development Fund (EDF): African-Caribbean-Pacific countries Higher Education Institution: Any type of Higher Education Institution (HEI) which, in accordance with national law or practice, offers recognised degrees or other recognised tertiary level qualifications, whatever such establishment may be called, or any institution which, in accordance with national law or practice, offers vocational education or training at tertiary level. Irregularity: Means any infringement of a provision of EU law or a breach of a contractual obligation resulting from an act or omission by an economic operator, which has, or would have, the effect of prejudicing the general budget of the European Union or budgets managed by it through unjustified expenditure. Joint degree: A single degree certificate awarded to a student upon completion of a joint study programme. The joint degree must be signed by the competent authorities of two or more of the participating HEIs jointly and recognised officially in the countries where those participating HEIs are located. Joint Diploma Supplement: An annex to the Master degree, which is designed to provide more detailed information on the studies completed according to an agreed format. It should be issued to graduates along with their EMJMD diploma [multiple degree (at least double) or joint degree] providing a standardised description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by the student, i.e. covering the entire programme and endorsed by all the degree awarding HEIs. It should be produced according to standards agreed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. More information and examples can be found under the following website: Graduates in all countries taking part in the Bologna Process have the right to receive the Joint Diploma Supplement automatically, free of charge and in a major European language. 7 P a g e

8 LEAR: Legal Entity Appointed Representative. It is the person authorised by the legal representative of the coordinator to have access to the Participant Portal and proceed on behalf of the organisation to any changes related to its name, legal address, legal status, registration number and VAT number. Legal representative (of the coordinator): The person authorised to enter into legal and financial commitments on behalf of the applicant/coordinator and of the other beneficiaries. Mandate: A document signed by each partner. With the 'Mandate' participating organisations grant power of attorney to the applicant/coordinator to represent them in the framework of the submission of the proposal, selection process and to act in their name and for their account during the implementation of the action. Participating organisation: Any organisation involved in the implementation of an EMJMD project. Depending on their role in the project, participating organisations can be applicants, partners or associated partners. For contractual management issues, "associated partners" are not considered as part of the EMJMD consortium. Student Agreement: An agreement signed between the beneficiary and each student enrolled in the EMJMD explicitly indicating any academic, financial and administrative modalities related to the student's participation in the course (including internship periods) and, where applicable, the award and usage of the EMJMD scholarship. The parties signing the agreement commit themselves to comply with all the arrangements agreed (in line with the EMJMD rules stipulated in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide), thereby insuring that both parties are fully aware of the mutual rights and obligations resulting from the implementation/participation in the course. This should include the provisions on evaluation of the EMJMD course as a whole and of the teaching modules in particular. Practical guidelines on aspects recommended to be covered can be found on the following Agency website: Student intake: An EMJMD Master course edition starting in a specific academic year during the implementation period of the EMJMD grant agreement. Student candidate withdrawal: Following the student selection process and the encoding of the results in the EMT, the consortium should confirm the EMJMD scholarship offer to the students encoded on the "main list". At this stage, if a student does not accept/reject the EMJMD scholarship, this is considered a student candidate "withdrawal" case. Student candidate scholarship cancellation: In case an EMJMD scholarship is offered and accepted by a student candidate and for whatever reasons the student renounces/cancels her/his participation in the Master (informs the consortium that s/he cannot start the study programme), this is considered a student candidate scholarship "cancellation" case. No-show of a student candidate: When an EMJMD scholarship is offered and accepted by a student candidate (who has signed the Student Agreement) and - for whatever reasons the student without having informed the consortium in advance - does not start the study programme, this is considered a "no-show" of a student candidate. Student drop-out: In case an EMJMD scholarship holder decides to discontinue the study programme, or is expelled by the consortium during the master course, this is considered a student "drop-out" case. 8 P a g e

9 MANAGEMENT OF YOUR PROJECT Project Life Cycle Overview SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSALS SELECTION RESULTS CONTRACTUALISATION Submission of proposals to EACEA The assessment of proposals is undertaken by evaluators according to a number of criteria established within the programme guide/calls for proposals/invitation to submit which takes into account both formal and quality elements. Lists of successful grant applications are established. All applicants are contacted: and receive individual notifications indicating the exact status of their applications. Applicants who have been successful in the selection process receive a grant decision/agreement from the Agency. The Decision/Agreement indicates the grant awarded and sets out the Financial rules to be applied. Payments are usually made in instalments REPORTING MONITORING OF PROJECT ELIGIBILITY PERIOD AND PROJECT ACTIVITIES SUBMISSION OF INTERIM REPORT (If required) The European Commission/Executive Agency monitors the implementation of the project through its life-cycle. Project visits and Thematic Monitoring initiatives are undertaken in some cases. The Eligibility Period is the time during which costs can be incurred and covered by the European Union grant. The length of the eligibility period depends on the project duration. Planned project activities are carried out. At mid-point of the project life cycle, beneficiaries are requested to submit an Interim Report, providing information on project implementation and expenditure incurred thus far. The report is assessed and only after its acceptance the second instalment can be paid (if any contractually foreseen) SUBMISSION OF FINAL REPORT & AUDIT (If required) At the end of the project, a Final Report is submitted which provides information on project implementation, results achieved and expenditure incurred. The report will be assessed on its content and financial qualities. Once the project has closed, the Agency/Commission may elect to carry out an audit within 5 years of the closure date. DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITQTION OF RESULTS Within and beyond the project lifetime 9 P a g e

10 A. MULTI-BENEFICIARY GRANT AGREEMENT Selected EMJMD courses will be supported through a grant agreement covering one preparatory year (where applicable) and three consecutive student intakes. The legal representative of the EMJMD consortium's coordinator signs a multi-beneficiary grant agreement on behalf of the EMJMD consortium. The agreement stipulates the provisions related to the duration and the financing of the action, the reporting and payment arrangements, the settlement of disputes and other special conditions. The grant agreement is binding to the beneficiaries who are jointly and severally responsible for carrying out the action in accordance with its terms and conditions. The coordinator is responsible for monitoring that the action is implemented in accordance with the provisions of the Erasmus+ call for proposals, Programme Guide, the grant agreement and its Annexes, this Handbook, and in line with the consortium's internal arrangements defined in the EMJMD Consortium Agreement. In particular, the coordinator, as the recipient of payments on behalf of all the beneficiaries, ensures the accurate repartition of the grant and that appropriate payments are transferred timely to the other beneficiaries. The starting date of the action and its duration are stipulated in Article I.2.2 of the grant agreement. The grant agreement covers the entire EU financial contribution to the implementation of the action, i.e. the preparatory year (where applicable) and the three student intakes. The grant is calculated according to the following funding principles: a lump sum contribution for the consortium management fees and the academic staff mobility (more details in section C.1); a unit contribution to student scholarships of maximum EUR per student (more details in section C.2). Article I.4 of the grant agreement stipulates the payment arrangements. The grant agreement also defines the publicity obligations, especially the use of the EU emblem (EU flag) in conjunction with the name "Erasmus+". For further details please see sections C.1 and F of this handbook and also refer to Articles I.9.4 and II.7 of the grant agreement and to the Agency website: 10 P a g e

11 B. AMENDMENTS TO THE GRANT AGREEMENT During the implementation of an EMJMD project, modifications in the action programme may be necessary in order to adapt the Master to a changed project reality. However, beneficiaries should try to limit, as far as possible, the number of requests during the duration of the grant agreement. In any event, modifications should always be requested before they are implemented, and never retroactively. Proposed modifications must be compatible with the conditions defined in the call for proposals under which the grant agreement is signed, and they may not have as their purpose or effect a major modification of the content of the EMJMD and the related grant agreement. It is strongly recommended to ask for the Agency's advice as soon as any changes are envisaged by the consortium in order to avoid misunderstandings on the admissibility and impact of the changes. The Agency will examine the justification for a modification and decide whether or not to approve the requested change (see B.1 and B.3 below). Where a request for modification requires the grant agreement to be amended (see B.1 and B.3 below), the coordinator must send to the Agency a written request, dated and signed by its legal representative. In order to be admissible, amendment requests must be submitted at least one (1) month before the end of the period of eligibility as detailed in the grant agreement, except in cases duly substantiated and accepted by the Agency. When necessary the Agency may also request a change to the grant agreement. For other types of amendments which are handled via the Participant Portal please see section B.2. Unless otherwise specified, the modification(s) will enter into force once the Agency has sent a signed letter/ to the coordinator. Depending on the nature of the modification, amendments may be done through different procedures. B.1 AMENDMENTS VIA AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS Before any amendment can take effect, it needs to be agreed in writing. A request for amendment on behalf of the beneficiaries must be submitted by the coordinator and will be handled in close cooperation with the Agency. A request for an amendment sent by is accepted on the condition that it is a scanned copy of the original duly signed by the legal representative and attached to the . Requests for changes leading to a modification of the grant agreement must be supported by a detailed justification and full details of the desired changes. The Agency acknowledges receipt of an amendment request and, if necessary, requests further information (e.g. missing accompanying documents/justifications). Failure to provide such supporting documentation will considerably delay the review process and may lead to the refusal of the request. It should also be noted that if no modification request has been submitted, a change in the project implementation will cause serious difficulties at final report stage and in certain circumstances may thus result in a reduction of the final grant. Once an amendment request has been approved, the Agency shall inform the coordinator through a letter of amendment. Pending such exchange of letters, the requested changes are not considered approved by the Agency. B.1.1 Change in the consortium composition A change in the consortium composition may involve one of the beneficiaries, or the coordinator. The latter case is dealt with separately (see B.1.2 below) since it also implies a change in the legal accountability under the grant agreement. As a general rule, a change in the consortium composition may result: 1) from the joining of one or more additional partners, thus becoming beneficiaries of the grant which may under no circumstances lead to an increase of the grant awarded; 2) the withdrawal of one or more partners; 3) the replacement of one partner by another (new entry in the consortium). Any involvement of an organisation whose data do not appear in the original application or whose participation in the EMJMD course has not been approved in advance in writing by the Agency following an amendment request sent by the coordinator will not be recognised in the framework of the grant agreement, and as a result, any related costs will be considered ineligible. 11 P a g e

12 These scenarios may have an impact on the content and the quality of the EMJMD, since the withdrawal of one of the beneficiaries or the joining of another may change the structure of the course and will affect the teaching modules and mobility arrangements. It can also have consequences in financial terms, in particular as regards the distribution of the grant among the beneficiaries. Therefore, such change must be endorsed by the other beneficiaries and notified to the Agency. When a new partner joins the consortium a Mandate signed by the legal representative of the new partner must be provided. The Agency will acknowledge receipt of a valid request for amendment by the coordinator or, if necessary, request further information (e.g. in case of a lacking proof of endorsement by the beneficiaries). If a change in the consortium is envisaged, a new and full description of the role of each beneficiary institution must be submitted to the Agency. This description will be assessed against the eligibility, exclusion, selection and award criteria, operational and financial capacity (when applicable), used at application stage, if necessary with the help of external academic experts. Should the new consortium be judged ineligible or insufficient in quality, the grant agreement may be terminated. Should a beneficiary leave the EMJMD during the period of eligibility, the use of the lump sum contribution and the payment of scholarships by that beneficiary remains an eligible expenditure of the consortium, provided this expenditure has occurred before the beneficiary s withdrawal and that the beneficiary is able to supply the relevant supporting documents regarding the payment of scholarships. NOTE: Joining/withdrawal of associated partners are not considered amendments. The notification and approval procedures are explained further below in this handbook (see section B.4). B.1.2 Change of the coordinator A change of the coordinator requires an amendment. This implies a change in the legal liability under the grant agreement (assignment of grant agreement) and is always subject to an amendment procedure. It should be noted that the new coordinator (assignee) will be liable for all rights and obligations under the remaining entire duration of the grant agreement. A change of coordinator may occur for several reasons: the former coordinator no longer exists (e.g. change in legal status, also due to a merger, etc.); the former coordinator still exists, but proposes to withdraw (e.g. no longer willing or able to implement the project); the coordinator is replaced by a legal entity which is not a member of the consortium (assignment). A change of coordinator must always be endorsed by both organisations concerned (endorsement signed by their legal representatives): the former coordinator (assignor) which renounces to all its rights and obligations in the context of the grant agreement, and the new coordinator (assignee) which agrees to take over the full responsibility (including financial accountability) of a running grant agreement from the start until the end, i.e. also for activities undertaken before it became the coordinator. In this context, the former coordinator must transfer the balance of any pre-financing of the grant not yet used to the new coordinator. In addition, the written endorsement of all beneficiaries is required in order to approve the proposed new coordinator. In case of assignment, i.e. a coordinator being replaced by a legal entity which is not a member of the consortium, a special three-party contract will have to be signed. In any event, as the change of the coordinator may have an impact on the content or the quality of the EMJMD, a new and full description of the EMJMD and the role of each beneficiary institution must be submitted. This description will be assessed against the eligibility, exclusion, selection and award criteria used at application stage, if necessary with the help of external academic experts. Should the new consortium be judged ineligible or insufficient in quality, the grant agreement may be terminated. B.1.3 Change of the timeframe of an intake / extension of the period of eligibility Requests to extend the duration of an intake will only be accepted if, after careful scrutiny, the Agency considers the extension justified. An extension of the duration of an intake will not be granted in the following type of cases (non-exhaustive list): missed or delayed course enrolment and/or missed/delayed start of mobility because of administrative formalities (e.g. delayed/denied approval of visa or residence permit); missed or delayed start of study modules, internship, placement, field work study, or Master thesis activities for reasons accountable to the consortium; poor academic performance and/or failure of exams. 12 P a g e

13 Unless justified medical reasons apply (applicable to the student or a close or 1 st line family member), an extension of the duration of an intake cannot be taken into consideration. Change of the timeframe of the first and second intakes will be dealt with in accordance with the procedure defined under B.4 "Modifications requiring a Notification to the Agency". A change request relating to the third intake of the EMJMD entails the change of the end of the period of eligibility and consequently will require an amendment to the grant agreement (Article I.2). Any request for extending the period of eligibility will lead to postponing the final report submission deadline accordingly. The extension of the eligibility period cannot exceed 12 months and cannot give rise to additional funding for the consortium or a scholarship holder. B.1.4 Changes in the content and/or structure of the EMJMD course It may happen that changes in the content and/or structure of the EMJMD are envisaged by the consortium, e.g. the creation of new mobility tracks, a substantial change in the management structure of the consortium, or a change in the facilities/services offered to students. As these types of modification may have an impact on the overall quality of the original proposal, they must be subject of a request for an amendment that will include a thorough description of the changes, the proposed solutions, and their expected impact on the original proposal. Depending on the scope and the impact of the modifications, the Agency reserves the right to have them assessed by external academic experts. If the proposed changes undermine the quality of the EMJMD or the basis on which the selection decision has been taken, the Agency may decide to reject them. It should be noted that the selected EMJMD consortia commit themselves to maintain the EMJMD in the form approved in the grant agreement. The Agency will therefore not approve substantial changes to the content of the Master course (e.g. a change of discipline or thematic focus of the course) as such changes would undermine the basis on which the EMJMD selection decision has been taken. B.1.5 Change of the legal representative of the coordinator The letter (signed by the new legal representative) notifying the change to the Agency must be accompanied by an official original document confirming the capacity of the new legal representative to enter into legal and financial binding commitments on behalf of the beneficiaries. The Agency will either confirm the change by way of sending a letter of amendment or, if necessary, request further information. Pending such exchange of letters, changes are not considered approved by the Agency. B.1.6 Change of bank account information Change of the bank account information must be reported to and approved by the Agency. Such request must include a completed and duly signed Financial Identification form available on the following website: Once approved, the Agency shall inform the coordinator accordingly via a letter of amendment. Pending such exchange of letters, bank account modifications are not considered approved by the Agency. B.1.7 Extension of deadline for submission of reports exceeding 30 days A change in the deadline for the submission of reports exceeding 30 days (without the extension of the eligibility period) must be submitted as soon as possible, and before the initial contractual deadline has been reached. The extension request needs to be duly justified. If it affects the eligibility period, then it will have to be checked whether a prolongation of the duration of the eligibility period should be envisaged and whether such a change is in line with the provisions of the call for proposals (see B.1.3 above). B.2 AMENDMENTS VIA THE PARTICIPANT PORTAL The Participant Portal allows the beneficiaries to register themselves any changes related to their legal entities. The signature of the legal representative of the coordinator is replaced by the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR), logging in into the Participant Portal and submitting the information related to the change. 13 P a g e

14 Changes of organisation data of a beneficiary will have to be communicated by the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR), or the person with Account Administrative role, and provide the supporting documents 1 via the My Organisations option in the organisations menu by using the Unique Registration Facility (URF) hosted in the Participant Portal under the following link: Changes made by the beneficiaries in the Participant Portal are considered to be sufficient and deemed to be equal to an amendment request. Updates of the beneficiaries' legal records may concern changes in the following data: Legal name Legal address VAT n Registration n Legal status (SPRL, SA, etc.) Legal type (legal-natural person, NGO, Public, Private, Non Profit) Language Website The authentication status of the organisation will change in the IT tool and the validation team in charge will treat the change request, verify the new data and authorise the changes as appropriate. Once the changes are validated, the Agency's databases will be updated automatically and an automatic request for amendment of beneficiary data will be created in its IT systems. Provided that the changes are compatible with the eligibility, exclusion and selection criteria applied during the selection process (including where applicable proof of operational and financial capacity), the Agency will approve the changes and the beneficiary concerned will be informed accordingly by means of a notification sent to the coordinator. Pending such notification, the above-mentioned changes of the legal status are not considered approved by the Agency. Typically such modification requests occur following a privatisation of a public body or vice-versa, a takeover by another organisation, or following a merger of two existing legal entities. Such changes often entail changes of the bank information as well, which then will require an amendment via an "Exchange of letters" sent to the coordinator (see B.1.6). B.2.1 Change in the legal status/type of a beneficiary The new legal status/type of a beneficiary has to be examined to ensure that it still fulfils all the eligibility and selection criteria originally applied. If this change results in non-fulfilment of the eligibility and/or selection criteria, this should be regarded as equivalent to termination of its participation. It will also be verified whether the eligibility criteria at project level are still respected. If this is not the case, this should be regarded as equivalent to termination of the grant agreement. B.2.2 Change of legal name of a beneficiary In certain cases, what appears to be a change of the legal name may in fact refer to a different change (e.g. new legal entity, transfer of rights and obligations), which may require other supporting documents to be provided and a different treatment. In case of doubt, the beneficiary must contact the Agency and provide the details needed in order to be able to decide the course to be taken. B.2.3 Change of legal address The change will be accepted provided that it is still compatible with the eligibility criteria. The Agency notification will take the form of an in case of change of the legal address of a beneficiary and by an official letter in case of change of the legal address of the coordinator. B.2.4 Change of language/website The Agency will acknowledge the change occurred. 1 An updated and duly completed and signed Legal Entity form available under the following website: together with the related supporting documents. 14 P a g e

15 B.3 AMENDMENTS BY Considering the limited risk related to the following changes, the reply of the Agency can be an . B.3.1 Change of the address of a beneficiary (not of the coordinator) Such a modification is made by the LEAR of the beneficiary in the Participant Portal. Before the Agency accepts it, it will have to be ensured that it is in line with the eligibility criteria of the call for proposals. Should the change of address of a beneficiary be accepted by the Agency, the recipients of the s should be the coordinator and the beneficiary concerned by the change. B.3.2 Change of the legal representative of a beneficiary (not of the coordinator) A request for amendment will have to be sent which can be an or a letter attached to an . If it is a letter attached to an , it should be signed by the legal representative. If it is an , the legal representative should be at least in carbon copy (Cc) of the . B.3.3 Change of the contact person (i.e. responsible for the management of the EMJMD) A request for amendment has to be sent, which can be an or a letter attached to an . If it is a letter attached to an , it should be signed by the legal representative of the coordinator. If it is an , the legal representative should be at least in carbon copy (Cc) of the . The /letter should specify all relevant contact details of the new contact person, i.e. title/full name, department/faculty if relevant, role in the organisation, , business address, telephone. B.4 MODIFICATIONS REQUIRING A NOTIFICATION TO THE AGENCY In complement to the EMJMD changes leading to an amendment of the grant agreement that are presented above (B.1, B.2 and B.3), other changes may occur (see below) which will not affect the agreement but will nevertheless require a notification to the Agency (by letter or sent by the legal representative or the contact person, or via the EMT) in order to be recorded in the Agency's relevant management tools and to be taken into account for the efficient monitoring of the EMJMD. B.4.1 Change in the scholarship allocation via the EMT The EMJMD contact person, in agreement with the other beneficiaries, may adjust the estimated number of scholarships by transfers between the two categories of Heading 1 scholarships (i.e. Programme / Partner Country), or by increasing the allocated number of scholarships, provided that these adjustments do not negatively affect the proper implementation of the EMJMD and that the transfer between the two categories or the increase do not result in exceeding the maximum amount of the grant allocated to the EMJMD student scholarships as indicated in Article I.3(b) of the grant agreement (see C.2). Furthermore, the scholarship transfer must not infringe the basic condition of at least 75% of Heading 1 scholarships (in terms of numbers, not budget) being allocated to students from Partner Countries. A necessity for a Heading 1 scholarship transfer may occur in case the consortium: is left with unused EMJMD budget/scholarships (full or partial) following no-show of student candidates or student drop-outs; needs to respond to a possible over-demand in scholarships for Programme or Partner Country student candidates. As a general rule, reallocation of scholarships is not allowed if (see also E.3): there is an eligible candidate under the category from which the transfer is requested; the transfer request concerns the two different budgetary headings of EMJMD (e.g. between Heading 1 the core budget line financing the Programme / Partner Country scholarships of students in the main list, and Heading 4/EDF the EU external action funding instruments financing the "geographical window" scholarships). 15 P a g e

16 Requests for scholarship transfers (see also section E.3) must be entered in the EMT as soon as they occur and be included in the regular reporting obligations of the consortium (see section G). The Agency will confirm the change in the scholarship allocation by way of approving the transfer in the EMT or, if necessary, request further information. Pending such validation a transfer of scholarships is not considered approved by the Agency. However, the responsibility for respecting the rules regarding scholarship allocation remains with the consortium. The selection, recruitment and monitoring of individual scholarship holders fall under the responsibility of the consortium. The budget allocated to the lump sum contribution to cover the EMJMD consortium management costs and costs for invited scholars/guest lecturers as indicated in Article I.3(c) of the grant agreement cannot be modified (see C.1). B.4.2 Change of an associated partner within the consortium A change of an associated partner within the beneficiary consortium does not modify the grant agreement. However, since the associated partner may play an important role in the promotion, implementation, evaluation and sustainable development of the EMJMD, such changes must be endorsed by the beneficiaries and notified to the Agency. The Agency will acknowledge receipt of a valid notification by the coordinator or, if necessary, request further information (e.g. in case of a lacking proof of endorsement by the beneficiaries). Once the change has been processed in the Agency's database the coordinator will be notified accordingly. B.4.3 Change of deadline for submission of reports (up to 30 days) A prolongation of the submission deadline of a report up to one month may be requested via a simple notification sent by the EMJMD contact person. The prolongation request must be duly justified. The Agency will acknowledge receipt of the request and will notify the EMJMD contact person in writing. B.4.4 Change of contact data of the legal representative / contact person While the change of the legal representative of the coordinator, or of the EMJMD contact person, affects the grant agreement and has to be handled via the procedures described under B.1.5 and B.3.3 above, changes in their contact data just have to be notified in writing to the Agency in order to update the relevant management tools. B.4.5 Change of the timeframe of the first and second intakes An extension of the timeframe of the first or second intake may be requested, subject to the conditions specified under B.1.3 above. This will allow the payment of scholarships to the student(s) [up to the respective maximum scholarship amount(s)] who for duly justified reasons had to extent their study period. The extension cannot exceed 12 months. B.5 OTHER CHANGES All other changes that are not covered by the examples indicated above should be communicated to the Agency in the context of the regular reporting obligations of the consortium (see section G). This may concern changes like e.g. the implementation of a new EMJMD summer school. EMJMD consortia should nevertheless be very careful to ensure that such changes are not in conflict with the basic requirements of the Erasmus+ Programme (including compliance with the eligibility, exclusion, selection and award criteria) and/or that they do not negatively affect the overall quality of the original proposal. As a result, in case of doubt, the EMJMD contact person is invited to liaise with the Agency in order to verify in advance the admissibility of the change envisaged and, if applicable, the relevant procedure to follow. FORCE MAJEURE A situation of force majeure (Article II.14 of the grant agreement) may lead to two different situations: temporary suspension of the action; or changes in the action (without suspension) that will both require an amendment. 16 P a g e

17 If the action had to be suspended because of force majeure, an amendment referring to the suspension (Article II.15.1 of the grant agreement) is necessary. If the coordinator does not wish to suspend the implementation but is proposing some changes (content of the course, budget etc.) in order to overcome the force majeure, the amendment will not refer to a suspension, but to the changes of content of the course, budget etc. If because of force majeure the action or a part of it was suspended, once it can be resumed, the coordinator will have to submit a request for an amendment. In most cases, apart from any changes in the content and/or budget which may be required, the eligibility period of the project will be extended (please see B.1.3 and B.1.4). Usually the duration of this prolongation is equal to the one of the suspension, unless there is a justified reason to establish a different period of prolongation or even no prolongation at all. This will depend on the part of the action which could still be implemented, and in any case it will have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, such an amendment should respect any restrictions imposed by the call for proposals, e.g. the maximum duration of the eligibility period and/or a fixed end date of the supported actions. However, once the reasons for the suspension are lifted, it could be that completing the tasks as originally planned is no longer possible (e.g. the site where the project should take place has been completely devastated making the implementation of the planned activities impossible). It may also turn out that only part of the initially agreed project could be implemented. The possibility to adapt the grant (its content, budget, etc.) to the new implementing conditions would need to be explored in every specific case, with due regard to the main principles for amendments. If the intended amendment puts into question the award decision or the equality of treatment, the grant agreement would need to be terminated. 17 P a g e

18 PROCEDURE CHANGES B.6 SUMMARY TABLE OF AMENDMENTS/MODIFICATIONS TO THE GRANT AGREEMENT B.1 B.2 B.3 B.4 EXCHANGE OF LETTERS AMENDMENTS VIA THE PARTICIPANT PORTAL AMENDMENTS BY NOTIFICATION (Amendment) (Amendment) (Amendment) (Modification) 1) Change in the consortium composition 2) Change of the coordinator 3) Change of the timeframe of an intake / extension of the period of eligibility 4) Changes in the content and/or structure of the EMJMD course 5) Change of the legal representative of the coordinator 6) Change of bank account information 7) Change of deadline for submission of reports > 30 days (without extension of eligibility period) Request for an amendment by letter (sent by ), with supporting documents attached, dated and signed/sent by the legal representative of the coordinator. Submission of the request: For 1), 2), 3) and 4) above: before it is due to take effect 1) Change in the legal status/type of a beneficiary 2) Change of legal name of a beneficiary 3) Change of legal address 4) Change of language/website Request for an amendment via the Participant Portal, introduced by LEAR. Submission of the request: as soon as the change occurs 1) Change of the address of a beneficiary (not of the coordinator) 2) Change of the legal representative of a beneficiary (not of the coordinator) 3) Change of the contact person (i.e. person dealing with EMJMD on a daily basis) Request for an amendment by an (or a letter dated and signed/sent by the legal representative of the coordinator attached to an ), where relevant together with supporting documents. Submission of the request: For 1) and 3) above: before it is due to take effect 1) Change in the scholarship allocation via the EMT 2) Change of an associated partner within the consortium 3) Change of deadline for submission of reports (< 30 days) 4) Changes of contact data of the legal representative / contact person 5) Change of the timeframe of the first and second intakes Submission of the request for modification: as soon as the change occurs For 5) and 6) above: as soon as the change occurs For 2) above: as soon as the change occurs For 1) to 7) above: at least 30 calendar days before the end of the period of eligibility of the grant agreement 18 P a g e

19 EACEA B.1 B.2 B.3 B.4 EXCHANGE OF LETTERS AMENDMENTS VIA THE PARTICIPANT PORTAL AMENDMENTS BY NOTIFICATION Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. The Agency approves or rejects the request for amendment in writing within 30 calendar days (indicative) after receipt of the request. Following approval/validation, the Agency sends an amendment letter. Pending such exchange of letters, changes are not considered as approved by the Agency. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. A notification of the amendment will be sent. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. The Agency approves or rejects the request for amendment in writing within 30 calendar days (indicative) after receipt of the request. For 1) above: Following approval/validation, the Agency sends an . Pending such exchange of s, changes are not considered as approved by the Agency For 1) above: Following analysis of the change request, the Agency validates the scholarship transfer in the EMT. For 2), 3), 4) and 5) above: The Agency sends a notification in writing within 30 calendar days (indicative) acknowledging the change occurred. 19 P a g e

20 C. COMPOSITION OF THE EU GRANT The Agency determines the EMJMD grant in accordance with the rules set out in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, the EMJMD call for proposals, and the requested/available budget for selected projects. A grant agreement (see section A) is concluded between the beneficiaries and the Agency covering the preparatory year (where applicable) and three consecutive student intakes of the EMJMD. This agreement specifies in Annex III: "Estimated budget of the Action" the EU funding for the scholarships and the management lump sum contribution. 2 The EMJMD grant is divided in two (2) different components: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree management Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree student scholarships C.1 EMJMD MANAGEMENT (LUMP SUM CONTRIBUTION) Maximum contribution to the consortium management costs 3 and costs for invited scholars and guest lecturers EUR for the preparatory year EUR per intake of the EMJMD The Agency pays a maximum lump sum contribution in the amount of maximum EUR (preparatory year + three student intakes) to the EMJMD grant beneficiary (coordinator) in accordance with the payment arrangements laid down in the grant agreement. Although the Agency does not request financial justifications for the payment of the lump sum contribution 4, it needs nevertheless, through the regular reporting obligations and for statistical reasons, to be informed about how the lump sum contribution was used, i.e. distribution among the beneficiaries, course promotion, website of the course, etc. The lump sum contribution shall also cover the mandatory involvement of high-level scholars/guest lecturers to increase the course attractiveness as well as the participation of the beneficiaries in events organised by the Agency (e.g. EMJMD coordinators' meeting, EMJMD cluster meetings, etc.). The EMJMD consortium is expected to put in place a selection procedure for scholars/guest lecturers and engage those holding an outstanding academic and/or professional profile. They may come from both Programme and Partner Countries and their involvement should bring added value to an EMJMD student intake in terms of student-centred teaching/lecturing, research activities, Master thesis support, academic/professional networking, etc. The performed tasks and results from scholar engagements within the EMJMD must be described in the context of the mandatory project reporting. Scholar/guest lecturers' remuneration Each EMJMD course is expected to engage minimum 4 different scholars/guest lecturers per student intake for a minimum of 8 weeks in total per intake. A "week" is defined as minimum 4 out of 7 consecutive calendar days. NOTE: It is not possible to consider 8 consecutive days as 2 weeks. Scholar/guest lecturers mobility is considered eligible in the following cases: mobility between the partners of the consortium (including to/from associated partners); mobility from outside the consortium, in case such mobility is clearly linked to the Master course. 2 Commission Decision C(2013)8550 of on "The use of lump sums, the reimbursement on the basis of unit costs and the flat-rate financing under the 'Erasmus+' Programme": Commission Decision C(2014)6158 of on "The use of reimbursement on the basis of unit costs for Erasmus+ Programme international dimension of higher education financed by Heading 4 funds": 3 Costs incurred by associated partners may be reimbursed by the EMJMD consortium only from the EU "contribution to the consortium's management costs" (lump sum). 4 For technical and financial checks, audits, interim and final evaluation purposes, the beneficiaries shall keep all relevant original documents, especially accounting and tax records for a period of five years starting from the date of payment of the balance. 20 P a g e

21 A scholar/guest lecturer paid by other EU funding schemes (including other Erasmus+ actions) cannot be considered eligible, nor can their engagement be reported as an EMJMD scholar week. There is no maximum number of EMJMD scholars to be engaged per student intake. The minimum duration per engagement of an EMJMD scholar is 4 to 7 consecutive calendar days (= one week). Days of scholar work may include travelling time. The remuneration of scholars/guest lecturers from the management lump sum contribution can be fixed by the consortium. The amount to be paid to scholars should cover both travel/installation contribution and working fees. Details of the scholars' engagement in the EMJMD in terms of mobility duration, nationality, origin and hosting HEI, activities carried out, etc. must be duly encoded in the EMT. The Agency will reduce the amount of the lump sum by EUR for each scholar week not duly carried out and/or not reported (see also "Poor, partial or late implementation" in section G.5). C.2 EMJMD STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS The EMJMD student scholarships include: a contribution to the students' participation costs (including the tuition fees, library and laboratory costs, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the students' participation in the Master); a contribution to student travel and installation costs; a monthly subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme. As the contribution to student travel and installation costs (see C.2.2 below) and the monthly subsistence allowance (see C.2.3 below) depend on the place of residence of a scholarship holder, EMJMD consortia are invited to consult the PRADO website (Public Register of Authentic Travel and Identity Documents Online) published by the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union (GSC), with information on a list of documents that could serve as proof for determining the legal residency of a person. EMJMD consortia are invited to take note of the relevant documents for a student candidate - as appropriate - in order to be able to enter the right place of residence in the EACEA Mobility Tool (EMT). Details on the EMJMD student scholarship amounts are given in the tables below: C.2.1 Contribution to the participation costs Contribution to the participation costs up to EUR per year per scholarship holder from a Partner Country up to EUR per year per scholarship holder from a Programme Country NOTE: Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries count as Partner Country students. Partner Country students who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any Programme Country are considered as Partner Country students 5. The five-year reference period for this 12- months rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline (defined by the consortia) of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship. Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries count as Programme Country students. Students with a Partner Country citizenship who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above (12-months rule) count as Programme Country students. Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application. 5 The 12-months residency rule should not apply to the Partner Country candidates who for various reasons and under various circumstances have sought refuge and received a refugee status in a Programme Country. 21 P a g e

22 The amount of the EU grant contribution to the participation costs (see Annex III of the grant agreement) is calculated based on the participation costs per Programme and Partner Country student submitted by the consortium at application stage. The participation cost per student is established as an average applying to each of the three EMJMD intakes and is expected to remain unchanged. The participation costs charged for student enrolment in any of the three intakes must be clearly announced on the EMJMD's website. For a given intake, should the amount per student on the website be lower than the average participation costs per student (Programme and/or Partner Country) as stipulated in Annex III of the grant agreement and/or encoded in the EMT, the Agency will consider the one announced on the EMJMD website for determining the final amount of the grant. This may therefore result in a lower EU grant contribution. For each student and each intake, actual participation costs in excess of the EU grant contribution for Programme/Partner Country students (see Annex III: "unit cost per student") must be covered by the consortium and can on no condition be charged to the scholarship holder, i.e. consortia grant the EMJMD scholarship holders a fee waiver. Actual participation costs charged to all enrolled students (Programme and/or Partner Country) throughout the three EMJMD intakes in excess of the EU total contribution to the participation costs (as indicated in Annex III of the grant agreement) must be covered by the consortium. C.2.2 Contribution to the travel and installation costs EUR per year per scholarship holder resident in a Programme Country for travel costs Contribution to the travel and installation costs EUR per year for travel costs EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident in a Partner Country whose location is situated at less than km from the EMJMD coordinating HEI EUR per year for travel costs EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident in a Partner Country whose location is situated at km or more from the EMJMD coordinating HEI NOTE: It is the responsibility of the consortium to verify the place of residence of the student candidate. The place of residence should be verified on the basis of the provision of the documents listed in the PRADO website. For example: a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules; a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question. Both documents must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship, i.e. the consortium's official deadline for student application. The contribution to the travel costs takes into account the country of residence of the scholarship holder. A unit cost per academic year and a distance band of km applies to any student resident in a Partner Country (including students with a Programme Country citizenship). Students resident in a Programme Country (including students with a Partner Country citizenship) are covered by a fixed unit cost of EUR per academic year. Consortia are invited to use the "Distance calculator" available on the following Erasmus+ website: in order to calculate the travel distances from the scholarship holder city of residence to the city of the coordinating HEI, and to decide the distance band (unit cost) applicable to scholarship holders. A contribution to installation costs is offered only to students resident in a Partner Country (1 000 EUR per intake). It is an incentive to help covering the additional costs related to the issuing of visas, residence permits, etc. as well as the temporary accommodation needs upon arrival in the first Programme Country hosting HEI and the subsequent mobility trajectories. The specificities applicable to each scholarship holder must be duly encoded in the EMT. 22 P a g e

23 C.2.3 Contribution to subsistence costs Contribution to subsistence costs EUR per month for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme (up to 24 months maximum). NOTE: Contribution to subsistence costs must: neither be given to scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods (study/research/placement/thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence; nor to scholarship holders from a Partner Country for the EMJMD periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits) spent in any Partner Country. 23 P a g e

24 D. PREPARATORY YEAR ACTIVITIES Following the signature of the grant agreement and its entry into force, the EMJMD consortium will have (where applicable) a period of 12 months in which any preparatory activities in view of the first student intake shall be carried out, e.g. internal cooperation mechanisms, consortium agreement, promotion campaign, student admission requirements, financial plan, academic management and related matters, definition of mobility rules, insurance coverage, degree awards, implementation of student/graduate surveys, link to labour market and involvement of employers, etc. D.1 CONSORTIUM AGREEMENT The Erasmus+ Programme Guide stipulates that the institutional commitment of all the organisations participating in an EMJMD consortium must be ensured prior to the enrolment of the first EMJMD students. The Consortium Agreement will be a key instrument for this purpose, thus it should guarantee solid institutional embedding, and effective management/cooperation mechanisms within the partnership. Furthermore, it should not only be understood as a tool that solely contributes to the development and management of the EMJMD, but also as an incentive for reaching the institutional goals aimed at by running an EMJMD programme. The Consortium Agreement will have to be signed by all participating organisations (coordinator, partners, associated partners) prior to the consortium's launching of the first call for applications. An original copy must be sent to the Agency together with the "Technical report" to be submitted by the deadline specified in the grant agreement (Article I.4.1). Indicatively, the Consortium Agreement must cover elements like (non-exhaustive list): Management: nomination of programme coordinators in each beneficiary organisation; appointment of the management board, definition of cooperation principles (roles and duties / rights and obligations of each participating organisation) in accordance with the general conditions stipulated in the grant agreement, etc. Academic programme, course structure, mandatory mobility tracks or components Joint student application, selection and admission requirements: define the eligibility criteria and selection criteria; agree on the number of students (self-funded and EMJMD scholarship holders) to be admitted to the programme, etc. Joint assessment methods of students' performance: joint grading scales and passing thresholds; resits, etc. Joint recognition mechanisms and final degrees awarded: multiple degree (at least double) / joint degree Tuition fees and insurance scheme for the students: proper disbursement of fees to each partner institution; suitable insurance policy for students in accordance with the minimum requirements imposed by the Erasmus+ Programme (see Annex IX of the grant agreement) Selection and engagement of scholars/guest lecturers: ensure involvement of high level professionals with a concrete contribution to the delivery of the EMJMD Publicity / promotion of the EMJMD: joint website of the course, printed material and student fairs; use of the EU emblem (EU flag) in conjunction with the name "Erasmus+" and in line with the conditions stipulated in the grant agreement, etc. Quality assurance: establish an academic board and define relevant standards; examination boards; external / internal evaluation of the EMJMD; quality assurance mechanisms, etc. Student monitoring: performance records for all participating students shared by the partners Student issues and services to the students: international secretariat; rights and privileges; resolution of complaints and appeals, etc. Sustainability strategy: the consortium's approach beyond the EU funding period Practical guidelines on aspects recommended to be covered in the Consortium Agreement can be found on the following Agency website: D.2 JOINT PROMOTION AND AWARENESS-RAISING ACTIVITIES The EMJMD consortium shall design a joint promotion and awareness-raising strategy in order to ensure the worldwide visibility of the joint study programme aiming to attract the best Master students as well as to promote the Erasmus+ scholarship scheme. These promotion and awareness-raising activities will necessarily include the development of an integrated and comprehensive course website (in English, as well as in the main teaching language if different) prior to their first scholarship application round, providing all the necessary information about the EMJMD for students, future employers and other stakeholders. 24 P a g e

25 In this context, the EMJMD consortium website is a vital tool for: promoting the EMJMD study programme and highlight its excellence; disseminating information about its structure and content; informing potential candidates (students or scholars/guest lecturers) about enrolment conditions, Erasmus+ and other scholarship opportunities and application procedures; providing information on the joint programme activities, events, publications, etc.; ensuring the necessary networking between students, academics, alumni, future employers and other stakeholders concerned by the EMJMD implementation. It is therefore of crucial importance that the EMJMD has its own website which can be found easily and has its own URL, independent from the partner universities' websites. The EMJMD consortium shall adhere to the minimum elements an EMJMD website must include in order to provide adequate, consistent and online information about the study programme, as described in Annex X of the grant agreement: "Minimum requirements and recommendations for student selection & scholarship management", section A. D.3 STUDENT APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE The EMJMD consortium must establish a joint application platform, with common eligibility, selection and admission criteria for their students, as well as for the scholars/guest lecturers that will be enrolled/engaged in the EMJMD. The agreed student selection criteria and admission procedure must adhere to the principles described in the "Minimum requirements and recommendations for student selection and scholarship management" as defined in Annex X of the grant agreement and shall be integrated in the Consortium Agreement (see D.1). Any changes to the procedure will have to be reported to the Agency in the context of the EMJMD periodic reporting obligations. The EMJMD consortia must notify the Agency about the composition of each student intake before the start of the academic year. In this context, as part of the regular monitoring of implementation of the action by the Agency, consortia must for each intake duly encode in the EMT no later than of the start year of each EMJMD intake the results of the student selection (students on the main, reserve, or non-scholarship holder lists) based on absolute ranking lists in order of merit for both Programme and Partner Country students. At this stage, the Agency will monitor, but not validate the results of the student selection. Within its monitoring tasks (e.g. conformity check of the data encoded in the EMT, geographical balance, etc.) the Agency may notify the contact person of the coordinator in case there are deviations from the set rules. In this context, the Agency cannot be made responsible for the validity of the selection results as encoded in the EMT. Based on the EMT data, the Agency will issue information letters to the coordinator comprising the names of students entered in the main/reserve lists. This may serve Partner Country students to obtain their visa for their first mobility in Europe. D.4 STUDENT AGREEMENT It is the consortium s responsibility to ensure the proper participation of all students in the EMJMD activities. In order to guarantee adequate transparency of the EMJMD participation rules, consortia are required to clearly define the student s rights and obligations in relation to his/her Master course studies in a Student Agreement that will be signed by both parties following the student's EMJMD course enrolment. This agreement must define as precisely as possible the rights and obligations of both parties and cover the academic, administrative, financial and insurance aspects of course participation and the EMJMD scholarship. In this context, a clause related to the mandatory participation of the students' participation in evaluations/surveys conducted by the consortium and/or the Commission/Agency shall be incorporated in the student agreement. It should also include provisions on the students' joining the "Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA)". Indicative guidelines related to a student agreement are outlined in a document published on the Agency website: A copy of the model student agreement will have to be submitted to the Agency together with the "Technical report" by the deadline specified in the grant agreement (Article I.4.1). Any changes to this document will have to be reported to the Agency in the context of the EMJMD periodic reporting obligations. 25 P a g e

26 E. MANAGEMENT OF THE EMJMD SCHOLARSHIPS E.1 GENERAL PRINCIPLES An EMJMD course is entitled for the maximum budget indicated in the grant agreement which should cover the Heading 1 scholarships and a maximum of 15 Heading 4 & European Development Fund (EDF) scholarships (geographical windows) for the entire duration of the course implementation, i.e. for the total of the three consecutive student intakes. The indicative number of Heading 1 scholarships (differentiated between Programme and Partner Country students) and of Heading 4 and EDF scholarships (specified for each geographical window financed by the different EU external action funding instruments) awarded to each of the EMJMD consortia selected in 2016 is stipulated in Annex III Estimated budget of the action of the grant agreement. EMJMD scholarships are awarded to students for mobility tracks in accordance with the Erasmus+: EMJMD requirements. The conditions for these mobility trajectories comprise among others: EMJMD student scholarships cover the entire duration of the Master course and are awarded exclusively for a full-time enrolment in one of the course editions. Scholarship candidates must have already obtained a first higher education degree 6 or demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national rules and legislation in place. Students who have already obtained an EMJMD scholarship or are former Erasmus Mundus Master/Doctoral scholarship holders are not eligible for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action. Students benefiting from an EMJMD scholarship cannot benefit from another EU grant while pursuing their EMJMD studies. EMJMD scholarship holders must spend at least two complete mobility periods in at least two of the consortium's HEIs acting as partners (not "associated partner" HEIs) and which are located in different Programme Countries. Each of these mandatory mobility periods must include a volume of study/research or equivalent (e.g. internship, thesis preparation) corresponding to at least: o o 20 ECTS for study programmes of 60 ECTS credits; 30 ECTS for study programmes of 90 and 120 ECTS credits. The mandatory mobility periods cannot be replaced by virtual mobility neither can they take place in institutions outside the EMJMD consortium. Mandatory mobility periods not fulfilling the eligibility criterion as described in the bullet point above 7 will be considered ineligible for the periods corresponding to (the) missing period(s) that would have allowed respecting that criterion. Mandatory mobility periods not fulfilling the above-mentioned minimum ECTS credits requirements will be considered ineligible when determining the final amount of the grant. Additional study (/research /placement /thesis preparation) periods can take place in other participating organisations from Programme or Partner countries, under the condition that the activities concerned are implemented under the direct supervision of one of the consortium partner HEIs. Scholarship holders spending part of the EMJMD course in their country of residence are not entitled to benefit from the monthly subsistence allowance for this period. The monthly subsistence allowance is not given to scholarship holders from a Partner Country for the EMJMD periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits) spent in any Partner Country. 6 Candidates who will only obtain their first higher education degree at the end of the academic year preceding the EMJMD student intake concerned by the EMJMD scholarship can nevertheless apply for a scholarship and can be selected by the consortium, under the condition that the student obtains the required degree prior to the beginning of the Master course intake concerned. 7 EMJMD scholarship holders must spend two complete mobility periods in at least two of the consortium's HEIs acting as partners (not "associated partner" HEIs) located in different Programme Countries 26 P a g e

27 Mandatory mobility periods at higher education institutions located in a Programme Country (forming the minimum eligible EMJMD consortium) must be fully recognised by the consortium's beneficiaries and must be linked to a valid degree (joint, multiple/double). A minimum of 75% of the EMJMD Heading 1 scholarships must be earmarked for Partner Countries students (i.e. a maximum 25% of the EMJMD scholarships can be earmarked for Programme Countries students). If this ratio is not achieved at the end of the three student intakes covered by the grant agreement, then the Agency will reduce the final eligible EMJMD grant as follows: o o o calculate the difference between the number of Programme Country scholarships awarded and actually paid to students, and the maximum number of Programme Country scholarships by applying the 25% ratio to the actual number of EMJMD scholarships reported in the final report; the difference will be multiplied with the average cost (over the three intakes) of a Programme Country scholarship as reported in the final report; the amount which results from this calculation will be deducted from the final grant determined at final report stage. Without prejudice to academic excellence, EMJMD Heading 1 scholarships must be offered to students by taking geographical balance into account, i.e. no more than 3 candidates from the same country (i.e. with the same nationality) must be awarded an EMJMD scholarship during the same intake. In this context, unduly awarded scholarships will be declared ineligible and any amounts paid will be deducted from the final grant. Students with a double nationality must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application. EMJMD scholarship holders must spend their studies/research periods in Programme Countries represented in the consortium as defined above. In case the EMJMD consortium includes beneficiaries or associated partners from Partner Countries, then: o scholarship holders (from both Programme and Partner Countries) can spend a learning/training/research/fieldwork period for the remaining duration of the study programme (i.e. 20 ECTS credits for a one-year Master course, 30 ECTS credits for study programmes of 90 ECTS and 60 ECTS credits for study programmes of 120 ECTS credits) in these Partner countries. The conditions related to the contribution to the subsistence allowance for Partner Country scholarship holders stipulated in section C.2, continue to apply. Periods in excess of this duration shall not be covered by the EMJMD scholarship. Consortia must duly encode the data relating to an EMJMD intake in the EMT by taking account of the guidelines provided in the "EMT User Manual". The encoding of data in the EMT relating to the EMJMD scholarship holders, as well as to the scholars/guest lecturers shall among others allow crosschecking of: o o o o o o o o o the students nationality (country); the students place of residence (country); the HEI awarding the ECTS credits for each student mobility period of the EMJMD the location of the mobility study period undertaken by the student in the framework of the EMJMD the amount of travel contribution received; the amount of installation contribution received (if applicable); the amount of participation costs charged as compared: to the amount indicated in the EMJMD website for the students' enrolment, to the amount stipulated in Annex III of the grant agreement; the duration of the study periods of each scholarship holder in order to ensure that: the correct number of monthly subsistence allowances has been paid, the required ECTS credits have been obtained; the engagement of scholars/guest lecturers in terms of duration and academic activities carried out. In case of doubts, complementary information will be requested from the coordinator. The Agency reserves the right to reject a report on implementation and/or a request for further pre-financing, if data are not complete and/or inconsistent. In this context, the level of consumption of the EU grant encoded in the EMT must equal the amount of the pre-financing payment(s) spent as declared in the financial statement(s). 27 P a g e

28 E.2 PAYMENT MODALITIES E.2.1 General provisions The Agency pays the EU grant (management lump sum and student scholarships funds) to the coordinator in accordance with the payment arrangements laid down in Article I.4 of the grant agreement. Any participating organisation whose data does not appear in the original application submitted by the coordinator or whose participation in the EMJMD course has not been approved in advance in writing by the Agency following an amendment/modification request sent by the coordinator will not be recognised as such in the framework of the grant agreement, and as a result, all costs relating to such a partner will be considered ineligible. The EMJMD consortium pays the scholarship funds to the EMJMD scholarship holders in accordance with the general principles indicated above, as agreed within the consortium (consortium agreement) and as fixed in the Student Agreement, and according to the following general principles: The monthly allowance can only be paid as from the month of arrival of the student at the first host HEI and after formal enrolment to the course. If students decide to voluntarily join the programme at an earlier stage, then this period must not be considered as part of the EMJMD's course duration. This rule also applies to cases of late arrivals of students to the course. The EMJMD programme does not foresee any restrictions for remunerated work outside the scholarship activities provided that: o o it is in line with the national legislation of the country(ies) concerned (e.g. the visa or residence permit allows it, and the terms of the Student Agreement allow it); the scholarship holder can dedicate the necessary time and efforts to the EMJMD's mandatory activities in order to successfully complete the entire study programme within the agreed study duration. An EMJMD scholarship holder may receive additional funding for study/research activities as long as these are not from other EU funding sources/programmes. The payment of the scholarship to a scholarship holder in a currency different to EURO shall be made by using the daily exchange rate on which the scholarship holder is paid and ensuring that the student concerned always receives the EURO counter equivalent, thus any exchange rate gain/loss is to be managed by the beneficiaries. If applicable, this provision must be quoted in the Student Agreement (see section D.4). The regular scholarship payments to the student can only be stopped if the student is expelled or released from the course, blocked from entry in the country of mobility by national authorities, or leaves the course on own demand. The scholarship payments cannot be used by the consortium as a "conditionality" mechanism e.g. to improve academic performance, ensure presence/participation etc. Cash payments to students though accepted in exceptional cases only must be substantiated by acknowledgement of receipts duly dated and signed by the students in question, and must be kept by the beneficiaries in the event of checks/audits (see section H). The consortium shall be held responsible for any amount paid to students/scholars which is not due. Undue amounts are those that neither comply with the EMJMD eligibility criteria and the provisions stipulated in the grant agreement and its annexes, nor with the consortium's specific eligibility/selection criteria. Any such unduly paid amounts may be recovered by the Agency even if those amounts were actually paid to students or scholars. The consortium shall be held responsible for any amount overpaid to the students/scholars. Overpaid amounts are considered to be payments made to students/scholars for a period in which they were not actively participating in the programme, e.g. a student having received an instalment for month "n" whereas s/he has left the programme in month "n -1 ". The payment of the scholarships finishes with the end of the academic year of the respective student intake and no later than three (3) months after the official end of the EMJMD intake. Depending on the length of the study programme, it cannot exceed the maximum number of subsistence instalments foreseen. 28 P a g e

29 This covers also the cases where a student graduates before the actual end date of the course. Any possible exceptions to this should be treated as described under section B.1.3 of this handbook. E.2.2 Student scholarships The contribution to travel and installation costs (details see C.2 above) shall be paid in full to the student as follows: o o Contribution to travel costs: for 60 ECTS credits courses: the full amount upon arrival at the first host HEI; for 90/120 ECTS credits courses: the full amount for year 1 upon arrival at the first host HEI, and the full amount for year 2 upon beginning of the third semester. The amount paid to the student for year 2 remains unaffected should the student drop-out or be expelled after the third semester and before graduation. any unspent travel costs (e.g. a student drops-out before the third semester or the difference between maximum contribution awarded and actual contribution paid) can be accumulated and transferred to the next intake(s) and form part of a full EMJMD scholarship that can be awarded to a student of that intake. Contribution to installation costs: shall be paid in full upon arrival at the first host HEI of the student resident in a Partner Country. The contribution to the participation costs (details see C.2 above) can be charged directly by the consortium to the individual student scholarship. The amount of participation costs charged to the scholarship holder must be clearly specified in the Student Agreement which is to be signed between the student and the consortium. In case a student drops out before graduation, the participation costs can be charged to the EMJMD scholarship as follows: o o for 60 ECTS credits courses: participation costs can be fully charged to the scholarship, i.e. no reduction for drop-out cases during a one-year course; for 90/120 ECTS credits courses: should the student drop-out before the beginning of the third-semester mobility, then the participation costs for year 2 cannot be charged on the scholarship; should the student drop-out during or after the third semester mobility, then the participation costs for year 2 may be charged to the scholarship. any unspent participation costs (e.g. a student drops-out before the third semester or the difference between maximum contribution awarded and actual contribution paid) can be accumulated and transferred to the next intake(s) and form part of a full EMJMD scholarship that can be awarded to a student of that intake. The contribution to subsistence costs (i.e. monthly allowance for living costs see C.2 above) must be paid in full to the students on a monthly basis and up to the maximum of: 12 instalments for 60 ECTS credits courses; 18 instalments for 90 ECTS credits courses; 24 instalments for 120 ECTS credits courses. The EMJMD consortium shall be held responsible for any overpayments made to the students and the respective amount shall be recovered by the Agency. Furthermore, it is not allowed to split the payments into more instalments than those indicated above. The payment arrangements of the subsistence allowance must be in line with the provisions detailed in the bilaterally (consortium / student) signed Student Agreement. E.3 MANAGEMENT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS IN CASE OF NO-SHOW OR DROP-OUT / EXCLUSION FROM THE EMJMD When student candidates withdraw their participation in the Master course before the start of the intake to which they have been admitted, including no-show and cancellation cases, or EMJMD scholarship holders drop-out from the Masters, then the consortium has the possibility to reallocate the scholarship to another student. Such replacements must be via the EMT notified to and approved by the Agency. Additionally the consortium should bear the following in mind: 29 P a g e

30 The new EMJMD scholarship recipient(s) must have been included in the consortium's relevant reserve list of potential EMJMD scholarship holders of the same intake. The geographical balance criterion must be respected. The new scholarship recipient must be able to start the Master course within the first month of the academic year, thus be entitled to the award of the full EMJMD scholarship for the entire study period. A scholarship reallocation of a drop-out student (i.e. a student who has started the course and has benefited from any amount of the scholarship) to a student on the reserve list and/or non-scholarship holders of the same intake is not allowed. In case no-show and/or drop-out students cannot be replaced, the corresponding unspent amounts of the scholarships must be accumulated, transferred and consumed in the next intake(s), thus forming full scholarships 8 of Programme or Partner Country students. During the third intake, if a student drops-out after the start of the Masters course and/or the remaining budget accumulated by the consortia during previous intakes is not sufficient to award a full EMJMD scholarship at the beginning of the last intake, then the unspent amount will need to be reimbursed to EACEA. In addition for Heading 4 scholarships (geographical windows), in case of a student candidate withdrawal or a scholarship cancellation, the reallocation of the scholarship in the same intake is also possible to an eligible scholarship candidate from a country belonging to any geographical window under the same funding instrument (see page 9). However, such reallocation will only be accepted if under the same geographical window there are no eligible candidates to whom the scholarship can be reallocated, i.e. either to a student candidate in the reserve list or to a student intending to participate on a self-paying basis. At the time of a student drop-out (i.e. student decides to discontinue the study programme or resulting from a consortium decision to expel the student), the consortium must encode in the EMT the scholarship amount that was spent up to that moment (i.e. the amounts of the contributions to the student's participation costs, travel/installation costs and subsistence costs) following the correct application of the payment rules laid down in section E.2.2. Further details on the withdrawal/no-show of a student candidate, of a student candidate scholarship cancellation and of student drop-out cases will also have to be provided in the request(s) for further prefinancing and in the final report. E.4 MANAGEMENT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS IN CASE OF COURSE INTERRUPTION A scholarship can be put on hold if the student has to temporarily leave the EMJMD course following duly justified and well documented reasons. Such cases relate to medical reasons and/or serious family reasons (e.g. need to temporarily take care of a close family member or hospitalisation/death of a family member). In such a case the scholarship payment must be interrupted until the candidate is again physically present at the host HEI and can actively continue pursuing the course activities. If an EMJMD scholarship holder is not able to finish the course activities within the respective student intake due to the above-mentioned reasons, then the consortium has to find acceptable ways to allow the student to finish the Master within one of the following intakes. If the case concerns the last intake covered by the EMJMD grant agreement, it may be possible to request for an extension of the eligibility period of the grant agreement in order to allow the student(s) from the last intake to finish studies at a later stage while being eligible to receive scholarship payments. The extension cannot exceed 12 months and cannot give rise to additional funding for the consortium or the scholarship holder(s). Such requests need to be formally approved by the Agency in line with the applicable procedures as outlined in section B.1.3 and B.4.5 of this handbook. E.5 PAYMENT OF THE GRANT As stated under Article I.4 of the grant agreement, a first pre-financing payment equivalent to 25% of the grant awarded shall be made to the coordinator within 30 days upon entry into force of the agreement (the date when the last of the two parties signs the agreement), or where required by this Article, following receipt of the financial guarantee. 8 A full scholarship includes the whole amount of participation, travel & installation, and subsistence costs, which in total corresponds to a maximum of EUR. The total amount of a full scholarship is meant to be financed by the EMJMD grant only. 30 P a g e

31 A second pre-financing payment corresponding to 50% and a third pre-financing payment corresponding to 25% of the grant awarded will be made after the Agency has received the relevant formal further prefinancing payment request submitted by the coordinator in the applicable form (see report models as referred to in Annexes V and VI of the grant agreement). Each request shall be accompanied by the following documents (see G.1 for details): a progress report on implementation of the action ("technical report on progress") including the related EMT printouts; a statement on the amount of the previous pre-financing instalment used to cover costs of the action ("statement on the use of the previous pre-financing instalment"); where required by Article I.4.1, a financial guarantee. The Agency shall have 60 calendar days to both approve the further pre-financing requests and to execute the related pre-financing payments, or to reject the requests and ask for additional supporting documents or information. In case of the latter the beneficiary shall within 15 calendar days submit the additional information requested or submit a new request/report within 30 calendar days. E.6 BANK ACCOUNT The bank account specified in Article I.5 of the grant agreement (as shown by the account identification document issued or certified by the bank concerned) and to which the EMJMD grant will be paid must be: established in the name of the coordinator institution (personal accounts are not acceptable under any circumstances); established in one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries; denominated in EURO; able to identify the payments made by the Agency. Cash withdrawals from the bank account must be substantiated by acknowledgements of receipts duly dated and signed by the recipients. E.7 ACCOUNTING SYSTEM / INTERNAL CONTROL The beneficiaries must set up an adequate accounting system, which must make it possible to easily retrieve and identify the payment of scholarships fulfilling the conditions of the grant agreement to participating students and scholars at any time throughout the period of implementation of the grant agreement until their balances are paid and for a period of five years from the date of payment of the balance. All transactions relating to the scholarship scheme must be recorded using a numbering system in which the scholarship scheme is given a specific identifiable number. As far as possible, the persons responsible for managing the daily activities of the scholarship scheme should not be the same as those responsible for its financial management. 31 P a g e

32 F. PUBLICITY OBLIGATIONS AND DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION OF RESULTS F.1 PUBLICITY EMJMD beneficiaries must make themselves familiar with the publicity provisions as stipulated both, in the special and the general conditions of the grant agreement in conjunction with the guidelines for beneficiaries available on the following Agency website (please select the Erasmus+ tab): Any communication or publication related to the project, made by the beneficiaries jointly or individually, including at the EMJMD consortium website, conferences, seminars or in any information or promotional materials (such as brochures, leaflets, posters, presentations, etc.), must indicate that the project has received European Union funding and must display the European Union emblem (EU flag). When displayed in association with another logo, the European Union emblem must have appropriate prominence. Disclaimer: "This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein." For other official EU language versions, please consult the following website: Erasmus+ logo: The project's publications and results that are distributed must carry the Erasmus+ logo and mention: "Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union" Example of logo to be used: F.2 DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION OF RESULTS EU funded projects have the responsibility to put emphasis on dissemination and exploitation of results, as they directly contribute to the impact of the Erasmus+ programme and to public awareness of their functioning and results. Beneficiaries must make themselves familiar with the underlying principles and tools and take them fully into account during the project implementation. A first source of information is the Annex II of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide: "Dissemination and exploitation of results a practical guide for beneficiaries" available at: Having a strong plan for dissemination and exploitation from the beginning of a project is a key priority and should form an integral part of the EMJMD throughout its lifetime. The objective of dissemination and exploitation is to maximise the impact of project results by optimising their value, strengthening their impact, transferring them to different contexts, integrating them in a sustainable way and using them actively at local, regional, national and European levels. In order to reach as many stakeholders as possible (e.g. students, scholars/guest lecturers, academics, world of work and other key players in the field of education), it is advisable to translate as many promotion and dissemination materials as possible in English, as well as in the main teaching language(s) if different. Whenever appropriate, EMJMDs are strongly encouraged to make their results freely available for the public in digital form through the Internet under open licences/open educational resources (OER). Beneficiaries are allowed to define the most appropriate level of open access, including limitations (e.g. interdiction of commercial exploitation by third parties) if appropriate in relation to the nature of the Master course and to the type of material. The open access requirement is without prejudice to the intellectual property rights of the beneficiaries. The dissemination and exploitation plan should be regularly reviewed, and if necessary corrective action should be taken in close cooperation and in agreement with the Agency. 32 P a g e

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